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This is basically a quasi-mailbag here. With OU having its first practice of the spring, it was thought to be a major recruiting weekend.
So what gives?
It still could be, but it’s definitely not as hot a ticket as OU has already had with junior day before signing day and bringing in top recruits for the OU-Kansas basketball game.
There are multiple reasons for this. First off, heck, said it right there that OU has been able to deliver in a major way on two big-time recruiting weekends before March in regards to the 2017 class so it’s not like OU is hurting.
The Sooners have been able to get a number of top prospects to Norman already. And you know at this stage in the game that recruits don’t want to keep heading to the same location so they’re going to see what else is out there.
No problem there.
Another issue is the fact it’s a major basketball weekend in Oklahoma this weekend and the next as teams across the state vie to qualify for state this weekend and win a state championship next weekend.
There is strong crossover in that regard with guys like Tulsa Memorial’s Isaiah Thomas and Putnam City West’s Nick Robinson among some of the more notable two-way threats so you know they won’t be in Norman.
So what can you expect from this weekend?
It could actually be a pretty eventful weekend, all things considered. The visitors won’t be a lot in number, but there could be some additions to the #SoonerSquad17 this weekend.
Yes, plural in this regard. You never know in recruiting, but you have to believe OU is just about ready to make its move with Tulsa Union cornerback Tre Brown and Bremond (Texas) ATH Roshauud Paul.
Brown said earlier in the week he would like to visit Arkansas on Saturday and perhaps a trip to OU on Sunday. See if that materializes as Brown is also scheduled to be at a quality camp in Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon.
Brown has already stated he would commit in March, and two weeks later, it’s hard to see anything changing that regard.
His offer total is nice (and ever-growing), but Brown has sort of made it clear OU is his dream school although he appreciates all the schools showing interest.
The next trip to Norman for Brown will mark a commitment is the general feeling around the program. The question is whether or not it happens this weekend.
The goal for Brown as of late Thursday night remains to visit Arkansas on Saturday and then OU on Sunday.
Paul isn’t nearly the open-and-shut case Brown is because of the way things have changed with his recruitment in the last two weeks.
Paul told Sooners Illustrated two weeks ago he was heading to Norman on March 5, which would be his first trip to campus since OU-Akron last season.
The gut feeling then was he was visiting to commit in person. But since then, the other three schools in his current top four have offered. Baylor, Texas A&M and Nebraska round out the group for the one-time TCU commit.
Paul has stressed repeatedly how great his relationship is with OU inside receivers coach Cale Gundy, and he’s put out several not too subtle signs about joining the SoonerSquad17 group.
However, because he has visited College Station and Waco in the last two weekends and been offered by both of them, this might get a lot more interesting.
It’s not as easy to say if Paul doesn’t commit this weekend, he won’t ever, but it could become one of those scenarios where if he doesn’t jump now, OU will look elsewhere and see if somebody else will as the Sooners are not messing around with the 2017 group.
Sachse (Texas) High defensive back Isaiah Humphries, already offered by OU, is also coming to town and you wonder if that means a big group from Sachse, including 2018 QB Jalen Mayden, will be in that mix as well.
Another local name to watch will be Tulsa Union’s C.J. Moore. The 2018 receiver prospect earned his first offer from UTSA last weekend and is definitely one to circle going forward.
Of course there’s always the chance of some last-minute additions to the list, but even though it doesn’t look major on paper, it could be something we’re all talking about by the end of the weekend.